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"Doubleheader Friday" on CSN to include expanded, live White Sox-Tigers coverage!

"Doubleheader Friday" on CSN to include expanded, live White Sox-Tigers coverage!

"DOUBLEHEADER FRIDAY" ON COMCAST SPORTSNET TO INCLUDE EXPANDED, LIVE WHITE SOX-TIGERS COVERAGE!

Network to provide 10-straight hours of live, Chicago baseball-focused programming starting at 12:30 PM on Friday, August 31

Expanded Coverage for White Sox at Tigers game beginning at 4:30 PM; White Sox PrePost Game Live to take place from Comerica Park!

CSNChicago.com coverage highlighted by feature stories, talent blogs, in-game Twitter messages from Insiders & on-air talent and much more!

Chicago, IL (August 30, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs, will deliver 10-straight hours of expanded doubleheader coverage on Friday, August 31 beginning at 12:30 PM (programming line-up details below). Plus, Comcast SportsNets website, CSNChicago.com, will provide fans with even more extensive doubleheader coverage, including feature stories, talent blogs, videos, game previewsrecaps and much more from Cubs Insider Patrick Mooney & White Sox Insider Dan Hayes. Note the following line-up from Comcast SportsNets Doubleheader Friday coverage beginning at 12:30 PM TOMORROW:

12:30 PM Subaru Cubs Pre-Game Live Expanded pre-game coverage featuring Comcast SportsNets David Kaplan, Todd Hollandsworth and Gail Fischer LIVE from Wrigley Field.
1:20 PM CUBS vs. SAN FRANCISCO (L) Featuring Len Kasper & Bob Brenly with the game call.
4:15 PM Cubs Post Game Live, presented by Horseshoe Casino (time approx.) Hosted by David Kaplan and Todd Hollandsworth from the Comcast SportsNet studios featuring the LIVE post-game press conference featuring Cubs manager Dale Sveum, player interviews and complete game analysis.
4:30 PM Chicago Tribune Live presented by Smirnoff Hosted by David Kaplan, this special early edition of CTL will preview the huge White Sox-Tigers series, including analysis from Tribune writers, special guests from Comerica Park and much more!
5:30 PM White Sox Pre-Game Live LIVE from Comerica Park in Detroit! Hosted by Chuck Garfien and Bill Melton, this special remote of edition of White Sox Pre-Game Live will preview the evenings game and overall series; along with providing a detailed pitching analysis and position breakdown, plus commentary from CSNChicago.com White Sox Insider Dan Hayes (Twitter via @DanHayesCSN) and other special guests.
6:00 PM WHITE SOX at DETROIT (L) Featuring Ken Hawk Harrelson & Steve Stone with the game call.
9:00 PM White Sox Post Game Live, presented by Orland Park Nissan (time approx.) LIVE from Comerica Park in Detroit! Complete post-game analysis from Garfien & Melton, including the LIVE post-game press conference featuring White Sox manager Robin Ventura, along with player interviews and a preview of the series next two games. (NOTE: Garfien will continue to report on the final two games of the series at Detroit for both SportsNet Central & CSNChicago.com; fans can follow Garfien on Twitter at @ChuckGarfien)
9:30 PM & 10:00 PM GMC SportsNet Central Comprehensive White Sox-Tigers & Cubs-Giants recaps, highlights, interviews and much more from the entire day in sports.

NBC Sports Regional Networks, part of the NBC Sports Group, consists of 14 local networks that deliver more than 2,400 sporting events annually along with breaking news and comprehensive analysis to more than 50 million cable and satellite homes. The NBC Sports Regional Networks are: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, SNY, CSS, Comcast Sports Southwest, and Comcast SportsNet Houston (launching October 2012). NBC Sports Regional Networks also manages NECN (New England Cable News), the nations largest regional news network, and The Comcast Network, based in Philadelphia and Washington, which delivers community-oriented programming. For more information, visit CSNChicago.com or ComcastSportNet.com.

Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks look to bounce back against Panthers

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Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks look to bounce back against Panthers

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Blackhawks take on the Florida Panthers Saturday on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

(Reminder: Use #AskEdzo on social media and your questions may be answered by Eddie Olczyk, who will be in studio along with Adam Burish, Brian Campbell and Pat Boyle).

1. Another fast start coming?

The Blackhawks had one of their best starts of the season Wednesday in Tampa Bay, and the numbers favor Chicago to dictate the pace of play early again.

The Panthers are tied with the Buffalo Sabres for the fewest goals scored in the first period (13), and have taken a lead into the second period only four times (3-1-0) in 21 games. They are 2-7-1 in the 10 games they've trailed after the opening frame.

The Blackhawks, on the other hand, are tied for fourth when it comes to first-period goals (22) — albeit, five of them came on Opening Night against Pittsburgh — but they are just 4-2-2 in eight games when leading after one period. In fact, they took a 2-0 lead into the second in their most recent game against the Lightning and lost in overtime 3-2.

So while a fast start could certainly be in the cards, the finish must also be there.

2. Take advantage on special teams.

The Panthers are one of two teams ranked among the bottom six in both power play percentage (26th at 16.0) and penalty kill percentage (30th at 73.2).

Meanwhile, the Blackhawks are coming in hot in both areas. They're 6-for-17 (35.3 percent) on the man advantage in their last four games, and own the fourth-best penalty kill unit (84.8 percent).

This is the area to exploit for the Blackhawks going into the matchup, and it could decide the game.

3. Feed Lance Bouma!

In his seventh season, Bouma has faced every NHL team at least five times in his career, with the exception of Vegas (pointless in one game this season).

Bouma is not known for his offensive prowess (72 points in 325 career games), but it's a different story when he plays Florida.

In six career games against the Panthers, Bouma has one goal, six assists and a career-high plus-8 rating. That one goal also happens to be one of his six career game winners.

Florida is the only team Bouma is averaging at least a point-per-game against for his career, so you know what that means: Feed No. 17!

Did Steve Kerr troll the Bulls?

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Did Steve Kerr troll the Bulls?

With Kevin Durant (ankle) and Draymond Green (rest) out, the Golden State Warriors had two starting forward positions open for Friday's game against the Bulls.

One of the two starters who replaced them? Jordan Bell. Does his name ring one, too?

Selected by the Bulls with the 38th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Bell was eventually traded to the Warriors in exchange for cash considerations.

The Oregon product hasn't played much this season for the defending champs, averaging just 3.2 points and 8.3 minutes in 12 games, but he made his first career start against ... his "former" team. Coincidence?

Warriors coach Steve Kerr (jokingly) explained why he gave the 22-year-old rookie the nod in the lineup.

Prior to the game, Bell also had this to say about his trade:

Bell couldn't have played better in his first career start. In 26 minutes, he recorded seven points, six rebounds, six blocks and four assists in a 143-94 Warriors win over the Bulls at Oracle Arena.